September Webletter

Thursday September 13, 2012

Returnee’s Picnic – SATURDAY!

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Join JETAA Chicago this Saturday, September 15th, for a picnic at the Chicago Cultivate Festival in Lincoln Park as we welcome the recently returned JETs to Chicago! This will be a great opportunity to see old friends and make some new ones.

One of the great things about living in a city like Chicago is all the events and activities that go on. We attended this festival last year and it was a lot of fun. The Cultivate Festival is organized by Chipotle and features live music and chef demonstrations. This year, G Love & the Special Sauce will be headlining! They also have great food and drinks for sale, so no reason to cook. All you gotta do is bring yourself.

The event is family friendly and free of charge. We will meet at the 3 PM at the south entrance. The festival itself starts at 11 AM and runs until 7 PM. Visit for more details.

Questions? Contact Robert Corder at or call 773-454-3817.

Daily Life in Japan: Photos for Soma Fundraiser

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Thank you to everyone who submitted photos and who has already voted on their favorites!

We are holding a one-night only exhibition that will feature the best submissions – the winners, as selected by local artist Clif Meader, Vice Consul Ayako Yamada, and YOU. All proceeds from the exhibition & reception will go to the Soma City Tsunami Orphan Scholarship Fund in Fukushima Prefecture.

When: Saturday, October 6, 6-9pm
WhereStudio 24 (2416 W. North Ave, 2nd floor, Chicago)

Join us for Daily Life in Japan: Photos for Soma for a night of art, drinks, music, and a silent auction to celebrate the Japan we experienced and raise money for a much needed cause.

Can’t attend but want to make a donation? Click the donate button at to make a donation via PayPal. Questions? Contact our treasurer at

Don’t forget to vote for your favorites here! The deadline is next Wednesday, September 19th, so vote today!

Officer Elections!

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Elections for October 3rd, 6:30pm. There are 10 positions–view them here–and anyone is welcome to throw their hat into the ring.

New terms will start in November and meetings are held once a month. We are especially looking for a new treasurer and someone with web/IT experience. It’s a lot of fun to discuss & plan events and get to know fellow JET alumni. Dinner is provided to all who attend. If you have any questions, contact current president, Rob Corder, at

When: October 3rd, 6:30pm
Where: JETRO Office (1 East Wacker, Suite 600).

Come on out and cast your vote!

Career Development Workshop – Save the Date!

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On Saturday, November 10, JETAA Chicago will host a Career Development Workshop. This event will be held at the Japan Information Center (737 North Michigan Ave., Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60611), starting at 2:30 PM. We are lining up speakers now to talk about a range of topics, including: resume writing and explaining the value of the JET experience; job search and networking; and how to successfully interview. The workshop will conclude with a wine & cheese networking session. More details to be announced soon. Questions? Contact Dan Martin at

JIC Film Festival

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This fall, the Japan Information Center invites you to a free film series that highlights the resilience of the Japanese people as they overcome the tragedy of the Great East Japan Earthquake. For four weeks beginning September 19th, every Wednesday, we will show a film that grapples with the meaning of natural disasters, or highlights the culture of Tohoku, Japan, a region devastated by the 2011 tsunami. These films will enhance international understanding of the recovery in Japan, while also showing the strength, resolve, and grace of the Japanese people.

Sept. 19: Wanko: the Story of Me, my Family, and my Dog
Sept. 26: Haru’s Journey
Oct. 3: Can You See Our Lights? First Festival after the Tsunami
Oct. 10: Eclair

All screenings are FREE and will take place at 6:30 pm at the Japan Information Center. For more information, visit their website. Contact Wesley Julian at with any questions.

JET Information Session & Recruitment – Help!

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The Japan Information Center is looking for JET Alumni to help with the JET Program Information Session for prospective applicants on Saturday, October 20th, from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. We need five (5) JET alumni to give a 15 minute presentation each on topics related to living and working in Japan as a JET as well as two alumni to work the reception desk. A $50 stipend will be provided to each alum. If interested, please contact Austin Gilkeson at or (312) 280-0434 by Friday, September 28th.

In addition, the JIC is looking for JET Alumni to promote the JET Program at colleges and universities this fall. You can attend a local college career fair, host an information session on campus, or visit classrooms to promote JET.  The JIC will provide all promotional materials, a stipend, and reimbursement for traveling expenses (if applicable).  If you’re interested, please contact Austin Gilkeson (, 312-280-0434).  Also, please let us know if there is a specific school (like your alma mater) you wish to visit.  Thank you!

Bingo at Heiwa Terrace

Come volunteer your time to read bingo numbers and meet those staying at the community. It’s fun and everyone there is always so pleased to see us! It will be Thursday, September 20th at 7pm.

Email Tom Osugi at with questions.

Heiwa Terrace
920 West Lawrence Avenue # 1
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 989-7333

Community Events

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Japan America Society Networking Dinner: The Young Professionals Committee of the JASC invite you to a YPC Networking Dinner at the Midtown Bar (203 N. Lasalle St., Chicago) on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 6:00pm – 8:30pm. The cost is $35 for members, $40 for non-members. Come out for a night of drinks, food, and networking!


Do you have ideas for something new and fun you’d love to do with the JETAA community? We’re always looking for new and fun activities to do together! Whether you’re in the city or the burbs, be it a restaurant outing, community event, or family-friendly fun, email us at to share your ideas.

Job Opportunities

Executive Assistant (Bilingual) – Lombard, IL


  • Work with the company President based upon assignments.
  • Assist the President of the company in preparing company formal presentations and various reports.
  • Arrange hotel and flight reservations for Japanese guests as needed.
  • Make travel reservations for the President.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Management.


  • College Degree or related experience.
  • Bilingual in both English and Japanese

View the job posting here.

Freelance Positions – Edelman Chicago

Edelman Chicago has openings for 2 short term freelance positions in their Strategy One Research department for a Japanese speaker. The freelancers will be coding and analyzing articles that are in Japanese and then providing a 2-3 line summary of each one in English.

General Timeline:
Sept. – 2 hrs toward end of Sept to train.
Oct 1-10th to complete the project. 8-10 hrs/week.
Nov. 1-10th to complete the second project. 8-10 hrs/week
Jan. 2-11th to complete the third project. 8-10 hrs/week

Visit their website for more information about our Strategy One department. Contact Adi Clerman at with any questions.

Nippon Sharyo – Multiple positions available

Nippon Sharyo, a leading Japanese train manufacturing company, has recently opened a new plant in Rochelle and is looking to hire a variety of positions including translators, accountants, engineers, and IT specialists. You can view all openings on their Career Opportunities Website. If you have any questions, please email Shannon Copp at

Heard about any good ones?

Email Shannon Copp at with any job opportunities.


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